Bitch at the Gas Pump, but at least I got CAKE!

Weird series of events while going out to dinner.  First, I had just woken from my nap. WARNING! – Don’t mess with me when I’ve just woken up from a nap.

The kids and I head out to get some dinner at McDonald’s.

I go to Sam’s club first to get gas in my little car.  As I approach the pump, I see a white SUV mostly towards the left side, but wheels angled to the right (then back to the left, then back to the right) – WTF?  I see the pumps to the right are open and so is one to the left.  I wait – – – nothing – idiot still can’t decide.  I notice her gas tank is on the driver side anyways (I hate when assholes stretch the hose and take longer just to pump from the wrong side of the car).  I proceed to go to my pump and I get out.  I then notice the white SUV approaching slowly with the window down (okay, here we go).  A foreign lady wearing some sort of headscarf tells me in a condescending tone that there is a thing called a line and she was in a line …  remember I said I just woke from my nap and hate stupid indecisive people?  My response?

“You FUCKING MORON! You sat there with no clue where the fuck to go and couldn’t choose between 3 open lanes I gave you a moment to decide but you sat there and couldn’t make a fucking decision.  Guess what? your tank is 0n the driver side, and guess what? a spot is available, so drive up there (pointing to the open spot), put your car in park, and fill up your tank and SHUT THE FUCK UP!”  – I heard two people laughing and then the attendant came out after she parked.  I thought, crap is the gas police guy going to be upset?  Nope, he just wanted to ask about my license plate and shoot the shit about World of Warcraft LOL!

What about the cake?  Oh, that’s next.

So the Wife and I have been counting calories, but on the Wife’s night out I always take the kids to McDonald’s.  So, I’m now just getting nuggets and medium fries to stay below my targets.  Anyway, a guy that works there and had just gotten off his shift was sitting at the table and I laughed and said, “you ever notice when you’re trying to lose weight and count calories that all the best foods seem to haunt you?”   This is a hard working kid I’ve seen right after he’s gotten off work on several occassions (he has the cupcakes because he ALSO works at Georgetown Cupcakes)..  We ordered our food and the kids were chatting with him and he said he wanted to give them the cupcakes.  I told him he didn’t need to do that, but he insisted.  I knew not to argue and the kids and I thanked him.  So now we’re eating and occassionally chatting with this nice kid who’s telling us about his brothers and sisters (some near my kids ages) and while we’re eating I hear him get and make several calls asking for his mom to come pick him up because he’s been off work and needs to get home he’s also complained to her multiple times that he hasn’t eatten all day and he’s starving.  I asked him where he was located, again I’ve seen this guy A LOT and if he was just down the street I’d drop him off.  He said it was in Herndon and I told him sorry, but it would be too far.  He asked if I had a dollar so he could get a McDouble from the dollar menu.  I told him to tell me the order and I would get it because I didn’t want his manager to think he was soliciting for food.  Instead, I got him the whole meal and thanked him again for the cupcakes and told him that it was finally nice to meet him and have a conversation.  After he left I went to move the box, again, I was expecting one cupcake to be left in the box, but it was too heavy for that… I opened it up and the box was completely full.

At least it started with the snarky bitch, but ended with the nice guy and cake  :-)



When we go to Chili’s for lunch/dinner I normally order a Three-for-All with Boneless wings, chicken crispers, and the mini burger bites.  However, yesterday, for the first time, I caught myself checking the menus online before going to the restaurant to look for the more healthy choices.  WTF?  Who is this?!?!?!?!

I ended up order the salmon and it really wasn’t that bad.  I still had to get my chips and salsa, but came in under calories again for the day.

I’m noticing that the excercises that I couldn’t do last week seem much easier this week – gotta keep kicking butt:-)

Jenna also wanted to try the Freestyle option on our FitStar Personal Trainer app so we could both do the same routine.  However, there were some excercises in there I just couldn’t do at this time (someday I will, but I need to respect my current limits and push them, but not hurt myself by going too fast).  Also, by doing a pre-made freestyle routine it’s undermining the biggest draw to this software which is the personal tailored workout.  The normal mode of this software adapts to fit me.  I need to do MY workout plan.  If we want to do a static plan we can just watch any old video on YouTube.  She understood, so again, we’re going to do our seperate routines, and when possible we’ll do them at the same time, just seperate, but together.

Got the son’s soccer practice tonight so I’ll get more steps in later:-)

Yesterday was a learning day…

My wife and I each have our night out once a week.  My night is Monday and I go play poker.  However, before poker, I take a nap.  It’s great, as soon as I’m finished with work I tell Jenna NITE! and rush upstairs for a nice long nap.  However, yesterday, after I woke up, I looked at my Fitbit and realized it’s just too much downtime.  I was slightly over my target calorie count last night not because I necessarily overate, but because I didn’t have standard activity to provide me additional calories against my goal targets.

I was proud of myself.  To play poker you must patronage the bar.  Normally, I order food for the first game and a sundae for the second game (this week I need to try and find the least calorie/fat offensive option on the menu to eat going forward).  Before the second game, I ordered the sundae, but asked only for the ice cream scoop.  The rest of the ingredients (brownie, whip cream, and chocolate sauce) were put into a to-go box.  I figured, I didn’t need them, but perhaps the kids would want dessert tomorrow.

In all, it was a good day, if I miss my goals, I need to at least figure out why and make adjustments.  :-)

I detailed my car and beat a buffet

I’ve wanted to clean my car – like REALLY clean it – for a while now.  However, I’ve just not had enough desire vs. energy to actually do it.  Yesterday, I asked the kids what they wanted for lunch and they choose CiCi’s Pizza.  For someone in their first week of trying to become more fit this is a challenging selection.  Really kids?  A buffet?  Really?

I looked up the nutritional information for CiCi’s and realized that I could actually eat there – AS LONG AS I DON’T FILL UP to the point of feeling ill.  So, we went and I was very honest in entering everything into my calorie counting app.  Even though I stayed within the realm of an acceptable lunch I thought what I could do to work off some of these calories without necessarily doing one of my workouts from my workout app.  So I decided to clean out my car from top to bottom.

The center console of my car had the daughter’s spilled chocolate milk and all kinds of other crud in there for ages.  The entire inside of the car was dusty and gross.  I detailed everything windows, vacuuming, and wiped and cleaned all other surfaces.  The damn things looks like it did when I bought it.

I ended up burning too many calories and had to eat extra snacks to get back towards my targets J

I even decided now would be a good time to recharge the A/C that hasn’t worked since last fall.  Unfortunately, when I went to charge the A/C I could see how cloud of gas/oil leaking from the A/C line as soon as I started charging it.  The good news is, there is an obvious leak that won’t be hard to track down.  The bad news is, I don’t know the cost to fix it and whether or not it would be worth it figuring I want to get myself a new car soon.  On the upside I barely use my car right now as I’m working from my basement.  So perhaps, I won’t even need an A/C this summer.  We will see…

I have a diary! – I feel like Doogie Howser!

I created this diary because the wife says I make posts that are WAAAAY too long for Facebook.  Before MySpace and Facebook I had my own site on my own server that I would keep a journal.  Unfortunately, the site died after a virus infected my old server.  I like posting long detailed stories because I will go back later and remember how I was thinking/feeling at different points in my life.  Plus, I grew up watching Doogie Howser end each day writing voiced over journal entries.  How cool was that?

Also, I’ve recently started a journey to try and get more fit.  This has also reignited the desire to have a complete online journal, so I will be able to look back and see where I started.

I was active during my school days and when I was in high school and I ate EVERYTHING and lost weight.  Looking back, I now realize that I’d workout with my best friend at the gym, swim all the time because I was a lifeguard, and skateboard all over the place.  If I wasn’t skateboarding, I was walking because I didn’t have a car.  I didn’t realize that I worked out all the time back then.  Whenever I’d mention that time my wife would remind me that I don’t have that body anymore and I need to do something if I want to lose weight — shut up.

We’ve talked on many occassions about getting healthy, but I’ve never really tried to lose any weight.

Last Christmas, my company had a Christmas party.  At the party, I won a raffle for a Fitbit Charge HR which apparently I’m too fat to wear (I had to cut an extra hole in the wristband).  My wife was trying to get fit and I just wasn’t as driven as her.  In all honesty, it’s something I said I wanted – as long as I didn’t have to do any work for it.  So, the more she got excited, the more I felt she was rubbing it my face.  Also, her an I are both competitive, but in totally different ways.  In many areas, I need to have my own passion, and do things on my terms.  Getting more healthy, is something I want, but I need something that works for me, not tied to anyone else, or anyone else’s expectations.  If I personally find it interesting and desirable, there’s no stopping me.

I tried going to the gym for a couple weeks.  However, parking at the gym was a pain in the ass.  Going to the gym after a long day of work and a long drive home sucks.  Plus, the driving to the gym, working out, showering, then come back home takes a lot of time.  These “reasons” made it extremely easy to make excuses of why I couldn’t or didn’t want to go.

Skip to last week.  I was flipping channels and stumbled upon the pilot for the new show “Strong”.  That show kicks ass!  I loved how all the trainers have different styles.  Some don’t even use equipment – WTF?  Hold up — no equipment = no gym — I’m listening (well watching)…   I saw the challenges they were doing and thought, holy crap, this is doable.  I then saw it was sponsored by FitBit – HOLD UP! I HAVE ONE OF THOSE!!!  Plus, at the end, you get to see how the person just eliminated continued on their path! – WAIT, that could actually be me? (except, they’re women, but you get the point).

That evening I started checking out the features of the FitBit and compatible applications.  My wife told me about the applications she had used.  There’s already been huge adjustments so far.

1) WATER INTAKE – PRIOR to this, my water intake daily was ZERO.  Yes, ZERO!  The only time I’d drink plain water was if I was coughing or needing to take medicine.  Otherwise, my drink of choice was approximately about a 12-pack of Coke or Pepsi a day (usually more).  NOW, I’m down to 3 soda’s a day.  However, after each soda I drink two 14 oz glasses of water.  This ensures that I hit my water goal for the day of 64 oz.  — later I will consider dropping out the soda, but this is definitely a good start.

2) EXERCISE – My job in IT has me sitting at a desk all day long.  For years, I’ve gained weight and with each pound I gain, I have less and less desire to be active.  However, I discovered FitStar on FitBit’s site.  This thing is AWESOME.  It’s like having a trainer that’s showing me what I should work on, it takes my input, and tells me where I should focus!  AND it’s only $40 a year.  It also gives me a good workout in 15-30 minutes!  It also doesn’t require any gym equipment!  Less than 30 minutes?  I can easily find time during any day to do that!  Also, because my plan is different from the wife’s plan we can do it together AND separate at the same time!  This allows me to support my wife, but she will do her, and I will do me. It’s only been a couple days, but I’ve made sure to do at least one workout each day.  However, the wife pointed out I need recovery days.  So, I don’t want to allow myself ANY “days off”.  So, I found and am now trying Yoga through the FitStar Yoga program – THAT BITCH IS HARD!  However, it works the same way as the FitStar Trainer and takes my input and tailors my next session to my needs. — I’m also wanting to try my old roller blades and other activities that I haven’t even considered in ages.  VERY EXCITING!

3) FOOD/CALORIES – I’ve never been an emotional eater.  Mostly, I’ve been a bored eater.  I’m also wierd in the fact that if I’ve been active I’m usually not hungry at all.  It’s only when I’m on my ass all day that I’m starving.  So, my wife had recommended the MyFitnessPal app.  At first I thought, okay, what good is this diary?  Then, she showed me how it interacts with the FitBit app.  I’m a computer guy – INTERACTING APPLICATIONS!!! AWESOME!.  I then noticed that most foods out there are available within this application.  Logging food is actually really easy.  Okay, why the fuck not, I’ll try this too.  It’s now like a video game keeping my calorie count and food intake at goal levels.  I’ve also started looking at the foods I eat and the portions I used to eat compared to their serving sizes.  The first day or two I’d have to tell myself, “that’s enough, you don’t NEED more”.  Now, it’s fun and a source of pride when I see how I’m doing against my goals.

This is just my start.  But, I’m surprised, the exercises that killed me only four days ago are doable now and in four days I’ve lost 14 lbs.

My wife warned me that at some point I’ll hit a wall and I won’t lose the weight and I’ll have to make further changes.  She’s concerned that when it happens I’ll become discouraged and stop this endevor.  I let her know that from the other shows in the past like “The Biggest Loser” I’m expecting that wall and thanked her for being concerned.  I let her know that when I hit it I’ll talk to my doctor to see if I’m at a healthy place at that time.  If I am, I’ll consider just maintaining that level – or – if I want to make more changes.  In any case for the first time in my life, I’m actually doing something about getting more fit vs. talking about it!!!

<Doogie Howser’s Journal Entry Music Playing>


************** PERSONAL JOURNAL OF CHUCK ************** 

Feeling excited about my new diary.  Also, I’m excited about getting more healthy…

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